I wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas and will give you wonderful drink recipes for my gift to you… but I want to take this opportunity to ask that all of you with a bit of extra cash on this holiday would take a moment and consider creatures less fortunate. I was horrified to read an article in the NYTs this week about the plight of horses in Dublin ( see the article HERE ) .
These magnificent beasts were pets when the economy was rolling along but are now being abandoned at an alarming rate as their owners cannot afford the feed bills and have their own troubles. Please contact the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals HERE and give what you can to help these poor suffering animals. SO far, the outpouring of donations from the USA following this article has been nothing short of a Christmas Miracle. I know there are people suffering but let us not forget the creatures that depend on us. Give a little to the Dublin horses or if you prefer to stay local, give to a local ASPCA to help them this holiday season. Thanks so much for anything you can do.
Your reward, one of the best drinks I’ve tried. I’ve been saving this beauty for Christmas as my present to all of you. The drink, from my favorite cocktail book, Dainty Drinks and Cooling Cups, is another mid-19th century gem with a modern addition of Aftelier’s Fir essence. It is like drinking the holidays with the hint of evergreen in every cherry-red sip. It is a brilliant cocktail. As for The Splitting Headache... well, with a name like that... I had to try it. If you like spiced ale...this is your drink!
Gin Punch a la Fuller (with cherry juice)
2 cups sour cherry juice (cranberry or pomegranate juice can be substituted but Whole Foods carry it - I made mine with frozen sour cherries and a little sugar and water for one batch and it was delicious)
1 drop bitter almond or almond extract to taste
4 cups gin (use a good, artisanal gin like one from St George with lots of botanicals)
1 drop Aftelier Fir essence that you can get HERE
sugar to taste (my juice was plenty sweet… do what you will)
Put all the ingredients together and taste to see if you need sugar. Add shaved ice and shake or put it in a blender and give it a whirl. Pour into glasses and serve (the fir absolute is tar-like but has a beautiful dark flavor -- you need to put a drop in gin to dissolve it -- but it's worth it).
½ cup Rum
pinch of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
½ cup limejuice
1 quart ale
sugar to taste
Put the rum and spices in a glass for an hour. Strain and add the limejuice. Combine with the ale and taste … you may or may not want sugar depending on the ale. Can be had cold or warmed.
Heartwarming Budweiser Clydesdale videos HERE and HERE and HERE to help loosen your pursestrings (I am shameless for a good cause!!!).
Thanks to Gourmet Live for recommending my Cherry-Gin Cocktail